Erica Kelley is a native Tennessean exploring historical and contemporary true crime in the South. Southern charm is attempted but southern sass is bountiful. Join her as she shows you just how southern fried the justice system can be in the Deep South.
United States
53 episodes
since May 29, 2017


In June of 1985, residents of the Midland area of South Carolina were frozen in fear. Two girls were kidnapped and murdered and the sadistic man responsible relished in making phone calls to one of the families. This is part two of the case of serial killer Larry Gene Bell, covering the abduction and murder of nine year old Debra May Helmick and the investigation into both murders. I also discuss the trials for both murders, and the execution of Larry Gene Bell. I’ll be in New Orleans for CrimeCon this year! It’s June 7-9th. To buy your ticket, use promo code FRIEDCRIME19. I hope to see y’all there! Today’s Sponsors: https://www.scentbird.com | https://www.withcove.com Please read former SLED Lieutenant Rita Shuler’s incredible book on the case: Murder in the Midlands: Larry Gene Bill and the 28 Days of Terror that Shook South Carolina: https://www.amazon.com/Murder-Midlands-Larry-Terror-Carolina-ebook/dp/B00XQK6SAM/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=murder+in+the+midlands&qid=1554756026&s=gateway&sr=8-1 https://www.arcadiapublishing.com/Products/9781596292505 And also Shari Faye’s sister, Dawn Smith Jordan’s book, Grace So Amazing: https://www.amazon.com/Grace-So-Amazing-Life-ShatteringTragedy/dp/0891076999/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=Grace+so+Amazing&qid=1555717459&s=gateway&sr=8-2 And Shari Faye Smith’s mother, Hilda Smith also wrote a book: https://www.amazon.com/Rose-Shari-Hilda-Cartrette-Smith/dp/1592860516/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=A+Rose+for+Shari&qid=1555717369&s=gateway&sr=8-1-spell Watch an ID Go show called I, Witness and see Dawn Elizabeth Smith Jordan recount her sister’s case: https://www.investigationdiscovery.com/tv-shows/i-witness/full-episodes/the-smith-sisters?utm_source=idsgo&utm_medium=redirect This is the TV movie based on Shari Faye’s case that was originally titled Nightmare in Columbia County: https://www.netflix.com/title/70206826 https://www.amazon.com/Victim-Beauty-Nightmare-Columbia-County/dp/B00MQMOWPE/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1MR5UBMW60Q1N&keywords=victim+of+beauty&qid=1555717625&s=instant-video&sprefix=Victim+of+Be%2Caps%2C173&sr=1-1 Written, hosted and produced by Erica Kelley Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner Original Music by Rob Harrison of Gamma Radio https://southernfriedtruecrime.com https://www.facebook.com/southernfriedtruecrime https://www.patreon.com/southernfriedtruecrime https://whatamaneuver.net/collections/southern-fried-true-crime (merch shop) @southfriedtruth (Twitter) @southernfriedtruecrime (Insta)
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